There are many decisions to make when deciding to sell your home. You need to decide if you are going to use a real estate agent, decide which agent to use, when to put the house on the market, what price to ask for the house. It can be overwhelming and exhausting. Once all those decisions have been made, it is then time for photos of the house to be taken for the listing, not to mention getting the house ready for showings and open houses.
A step in the home selling process that might either be overlooked or undervalued is the process of “staging” your home. In an article written by Devon Thorsby, published in U.S. News and World Report, Thorsby states, “Home staging is the act of cleaning, rearranging and remodeling parts of a property to make it more appealing to potential homebuyers. Professional home stagers are often brought in by real estate agents – or the agents practice a bit of staging themselves – to help homeowners make a house ready to show to potential homebuyers.”
The spectrum of staging services is vast and the prices vary depending on how involved the project is. Some stagers may go as far as recommending some personal items be put in a storage unit and staging furniture brought in. It may not include every room in the house, but certainly some of the rooms that are most critiqued by buyers such as the kitchen, living room and master bedroom.
In the end, the purpose of staging is to help sell your home as quickly as possible for as close to asking price as possible. Personal style choices, décor and clutter may make your house feel like a home, but it needs to appeal to the general buyer so it may not have a place in the house during the process.
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